Notice of Death – November 27, 2017

Notice of Death 2017


William Coutee
September 14, 1959 – November 25, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Music Minister Kendrick Kemp
November 18, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Barbara Brown Holden
November 27, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Georgia Ruth Walden
February 15, 1947 – November 26, 2017
Service: Thursday, Nov. 30 at 4 pm at Beulah Baptist Church

James Bradley Southall
December 31, 1976 – November 25, 2017
Visitation: Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 5-8 pm and Wednesday, Nov. 29 from 8:30 am – 2 pm at Southern Funeral Home
Service: Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 2 pm in the Chapel of Southern Funeral Home
Interment: Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery

Dorothy Neal Stroud
October 8, 1929 – November 24, 2017
Visitation: Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 1-2 pm at the Atlanta United Methodist Church
Service: Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 2 pm at the Atlanta United Methodist Church
Interment: Mt. Zion Cemetery

LaWayne Horton
March 27, 1935 – November 24, 2017
Visitation: Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 5 pm at Lewing Chapel in Many
Service: Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 2 pm at Lewing Chapel
Interment: Florien Cemetery

Mary Lee Gay
November 23, 2017
Visitation: Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 5-7 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel
Service: Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church on Amulet Street
Interment: St. Mark Methodist Church Cemetery on Eight Mile Loop (New Town Community)

Rachel Gayle Mercer Wiggins
December 29, 1956 – November 24, 2017
Graveside Service: Friday, Dec. 1 at 3 pm at Mt. Union Baptist Cemetery
Service: Saturday, Dec. 2 at 11 am at the Chapel of the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home in Monroe

The Natchitoches Chrismas Season is Heating Up

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This Saturday, Nov. 25, marked the second weekend of the Christmas Festival Season in Natchitoches. Thousands of festivalgoers spent the day enjoying the picture perfect weather and festive scenes all around our city. The festivalgoers packed the new seating area to enjoy concerts by local favorite the La Cour Trio and a band from down south, Louisiana Red, on the new riverbank stage. The younger set could enjoy several inflatables and rides at the Kid’s Fest area. Food vendors sold treats of every description.

There will be 16 food vendors in the festival area on hand for next Saturday’s Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights. The evening ended with the traditional fireworks display and concert following by headliner Louisiana Red.

Fleur De Lis Christmas Craft Market

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Every available space at the Natchitoches Event Center was filled by 113 vendors from four states as the Fleur De Lis Christmas Craft Fair took place Nov. 25. The popular fair, a community tradition since 2005, joined other activities downtown as part of the second Christmas Festival Weekend. Several thousand visitors stopped by the day long event and browsed through booths filled with handmade craft items and foods.

Cane River native celebrates her 100th birthday

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Celebrating her 100th Birthday, Josephine (Bayonne) Coutee, known as Aunt Byrd, blew out her candles amongst her family and friends Nov. 25. Vidal and Marie’ (Rachal) Bayonne gave birth to Aunt Byrd down Cane River in 1917. In addition to living on the River she also lived in many other places including Chicago for 20 plus years. However, she returned to her home town in Natchitoches Parish to share her love and wisdom to all those that surround her.

Aunt Byrd is the oldest Bayonne alive. She and her younger sister Ella D Byone, live in Natchitoches, surviving their other six siblings and spouses. These two sisters often can be seen together sharing laughs, coffee, and good times as they have always done. Neither of these two ladies show their true age, with little to no grey hair on their heads.

Aunt Byrd shared her secrets to living until 100 with family and friends at her party. “The secret is I never smoked or drank whiskey,” she said. She even teased them by saying another secret was to never have children, as she pointed to the little ones running around. Aunt Byrd can still speak fluently in French and with a heavy accent she continues to tell her family stories of how she grew up and how the world has changed over the years.

The party ended with family and friends attending Church services at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cloutierville.

With all of their hearts, Aunt Byrd’s family wishes her a very special Happy Birthday, and here’s to a 100 more. Love Family and Friends.

LSMSA Gallery Display: “WhitchBitch”

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The art work of Susan David is on display now through Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the art gallery of the Center for Performance and Technology located on the campus of LSMSA.

David received her Master of Fine Arts degree in interdisciplinary studies at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, Vermont, in 2016 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2004.

In 2016, David received an ArtSpark Fellowship, an individual artist stipend fully funded by the Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority to implement her project titled “Project Rooster Teeth,” a community-funded public art grant based in Lafayette.

“Project Rooster Teeth” is a creative community voice designed to provide access for the public to experience and enjoy public art, while inspiring individuals and communities to give voice to other creative concerns through the intersection of art, activism, dialogue and awareness.

David is also the founder and steamroller of Freetown Studios, Inc., a non-profit artist run workspace located in a Lafayette warehouse among the unique and diverse neighborhoods of Freetown and Port-Rico in Lafayette Parish.

Freetown Studios promotes emerging, mid-career and established contemporary artists who work in printmaking, drawing, painting, installation, theater and other multi-media disciplines.
David has worked in many facets of the visual and performing arts world. From 2003-15 she worked as the set designer, an ensemble cast member and sometimes photographer for the Milena Theatre Group under the vision of Dayana Stetco, director. In 2012, she was nominated by Country Roads Magazine as an up-and-coming regional artist in Louisiana.

Her current show at the LSMSA Art Gallery is “WhitchBitch,” a reconstruction of the feminine. It plays with themes of language, violence, the symbolic nature of water, mysticism and religion, abjection and the uncanny.

“My artwork seeks to construct a form of visual language to re-construct the body and language through the desire to defamiliarize what is familiar in connection with my ideas concerning abjection of the feminine, social paralysis, phenomenology, grief, violence and destruction,” she said. “The broader context invokes ideas concerning subjective horror and spectacularized violence suggesting blind complicity to cultural apathy and social cruelty.

“My creative process takes on an interior outlook and the work is in dialogue with contemporary artists who also deal with the corporeality, psychology and therapy such as Berlinde De Bruyekere, Kiki Smith, Marc Quinn, Lygia Clark and Janine Antoni. These preoccupations come from my immersion in memory, history, my mindset as a printmaker, my interest in architecture and land, in the body and its uncanny limits.”

The art gallery is open from 12 to 4 p.m. daily or by appointment. For more information, email Chris King at

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‘Come Give Thanks with Us Dinner’ feeds Natchitoches community

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Phillip Jean-Louis Jr. and Carlos Hartwell and a crew of volunteers served up 150 meals at the 4th annual “Come Give Thanks With Us Dinner.” The community service event, part of the NSF graduates’ Gloria Project Family Integrated Services, was held Nov. 23 at the John Below Community Center. Goodie bags filled with snacks and 150 boxes of sausage were past out to the community.

“Kids were playing in the playground and everyone had good food and fellowship. You see the genuine smiles on their faces,” said Jean-Louis. “It makes you take a step back and realize God’s work. Everything turned out amazing.”

To volunteer or donate for next year’s event contact Hartwell at 318-609-0766 or Jean-Louis at 337-852-4242.

Bradford Professorship honors social work pioneer

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Northwestern State University announced its first-ever endowed professorship for faculty in the Department of Social Work. The endowment, which with matching funds totals $100,000, was established through a gift to honor the memory of a woman who was a pioneer in the field of social work.

“The Louise Mathilde Bradford Professorship in Social Work will be used for research, travel and student projects,” said NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio. “This is a permanent endowment and will always be here in Ms. Bradford’s name. She was passionate about social work and passionate about helping people.”

The professorship was arranged by Lynda Thiels, who worked with Bradford for more than 40 years. The two were much more than colleagues; Bradford was a close friend, a mentor and confident to Thiels and her family.

“My family became her family. We shared holidays and she was essentially a grandmother to my children Jeff and Kristin and a great-grandmother to their children,” Thiels said. “Her life was devoted to social work and the development of social workers. To do this in honor of her, which is what she worked for her whole life, and know that she endowed the first professorship here would make her very happy.”

Bradford was a pioneer in human services and an expert on child welfare in central Louisiana, the state and the nation in a career that spanned more than 60 years. Social work was her life and passion, Thiels said. Bradford was born in Rapides Parish and earned an undergraduate degree at Louisiana and completed post graduate work at LSU, Tulane and the Wharton School of Business. She earned a graduate degree in social work at Columbia University in New York. She opted not to have a family of her own, but dedicated her life to the lives of children and families in crisis who needed support to keep them together. She retired from the Office of Community Services after 30 years where she was the regional director, retired from St. Mary’s Training School where she was director of social services after 22 years and then worked for eight years with Volunteers of America where she was the foster parent training director. She also taught social work classes at Louisiana College in Pineville for 10 years.

Bradford was part of President Lyndon Johnson’s White House Council on Children, which was instrumental in establishing daycare standards for the U.S. She wrote the daycare standards for Louisiana and as the Region 6 child welfare consultant operated the state daycare facility in Natchitoches which piloted programs and was a training ground for young social workers entering the field of child welfare.

She was the recipient of numerous local, state and national awards for her contributions to the field of social work. Among those was her work with the National Association of Social Workers in establishing standards for professional social workers. One of her greatest joys was watching the professional development of her students as she saw them become practicing social workers, administrators or professors.

Bradford was a member of First United Methodist Church of Alexandria, Lions Club, DAR, 20th Century Book Club and many other community, state and national organizations, including a charter member of the National Association of Social Workers. She was also an intrepid traveler and traveled the world to attend international social work conferences in China, Russia and the U.K. to study social work and adoption practices. She was instrumental in establishing adoption standards for domestic and overseas adoptions. Of all the accolades, she received, Thiels said Bradford was most proud of the work she did with adoptive children and families and loved to see joy on children’s faces.

“Social work was very, very important to her,” Thiels said. “Her strength was in establishing social work programs where they had never been before. Laws changed and ways of doing things changed. She provided strong social work services and she loved what she did.”

Thiels said that, in addition to mentoring young professionals and encouraging her daughter Kristin Thiels Evans to major in social work at NSU, Bradford had discussed ways she might financially contribute to NSU’s social work program. She passed away March 20, 2014, at age 88. In settling Bradfords’ affairs, Thiels followed Bradford’s wishes and established the professorship in her name.

“She could tell we were making an impact through our bachelor’s program in social work,” Maggio said. “What this means for our program is pioneering and groundbreaking and will take us to that next level.”

“When I read about her career and realized she was truly a pioneer in social work, I knew the importance of Ms. Bradford’s lasting legacy. Working to establish this professorship in her name is an honor,” said Drake Owens, executive director of the NSU Foundation.

For information on NSU’s Department of Social Work, visit For information on ways to initiate or contribute to a scholarship or professorship to honor an individual, visit

NHF announces its Christmas Tour of Homes locations – Part 2


The Natchitoches Historic Foundation proudly announces the sites for the 2017 Christmas Tour of Homes available to visitors. Focusing on the expression of the Christmas season, all of the sites for the 2017 tours are located in the Historic District. Each day, the sites showcased are in walking distance of each other.

FRIDAYS, December 8 and 15 – 5-8 pm
“Houses Along Poete”

Scott Corner House

Scott Corner House – (circa 1900) – 104 rue Poete
In classic Creole style with West Indies influence, this three story raised plantation house has a double gallery, lower level brick columns, and hipped roof. The decor includes nearly 300 pieces of pottery imported from Poland, and Clementine Hunter art and relics. Approximately 30 trees decorated for the season adorn the period décor on the first and second floors of the Scott Corner House. (Owners are Dr. and Mrs. Dan Seymour)

Jefferson House

Jefferson House – 229 Jefferson Street
Located along the Cane River Lake in the Natchitoches Historic District, this colonial style home was built in 1967 by Jules Barre. The Jefferson House, a historic district bed and breakfast, is decorated with traditional holiday fare, and is also available as a rental venue for parties and weddings at other times during the year. Recently renovated, this property is decked out to celebrate the season in fine Natchitoches style. (Owners are Mr. and Mrs. Paul Salter)




Cunningham Cottage

Cunningham Cottage – 305 rue Poete
The Tudor revival (Norman) cottage is decorated with more than 100 nutcrackers collected over the years, representing a variety of literary, classical music, professional, and trades characters. A German pyramid complete with candles and revolving nativity scene is traditionally on the dining table. Homeowners of Cunningham Cottage will regal visitors with stories of Christmas traditions both in the United States and Europe. (Owners are Mr. and Mrs. James Akin)

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum 1–4 pm

Visitors with a Saturday Tour wristband will have complimentary access to the museum.

For additional information contact the Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau at 780 Front Street, Suite 100 or call at (318) 352-8072 or (800) 259-1714
Discounted tickets for groups of 15 or more are available before Dec. 7.

Magnolia Plantation to Celebrate Christmas Downriver


Cane River Creole National Historical Park will join together with the Cane River National Heritage Area to celebrate on old fashion Cane River Christmas. Christmas Downriver will take place on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 1-3 p.m., at Magnolia Plantation. Children can make homemade ornaments similar to those made by children of Christmas’s past. There will be historic games, story time and singing of holiday songs and carols. Join a ranger for a tour of the grounds at 2:30 p.m.

“Christmas Downriver is a program we enjoy every year,” said Barbara Justice, Chief of Interpretation. “Celebrating the holiday season with traditional crafts, games, music, and stories allows visitors and staff the unique opportunity to experience and share the Christmas traditions of the many people who once called Magnolia Plantation home.”

There is no entrance fee at Magnolia Plantation. All tours and activities are free. Magnolia Plantation is located at 5549 Highway 119, Cloutierville La 71416. To reach Magnolia Plantation, take I-49 to Exit 119, Derry. Head east on LA Highway 119. Cross over LA Highway 1 and proceed for two miles. The grounds of Magnolia Plantation are on the right. For more information call 318- 352-0383 ext. 200 or visit the park Facebook page (


Notice of Death – November 26, 2017

Notice of Death 2017

Michael Andrew Cazes
March 24, 1947 – November 23, 2017
Service: Monday, Nov. 27 at 10 am at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral
Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park

Dorothy Neal Stroud
October 8, 1929 – November 24, 2017
Visitation: Monday, Nov. 27 from 5-8 pm and Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 1-2 pm at the Atlanta United Methodist Church
Service: Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 2 pm at the Atlanta United Methodist Church
Interment: Mt. Zion Cemetery

James “Bimbo” Clifton Thomas
August 20, 1968 – November 24, 2017
Service: Monday, Nov. 27 at 2 pm at Grand Bayou Event Center in Coushatta
Interment: Thomas-Wren Cemetery

LaWayne Horton
March 27, 1935 – November 24, 2017
Visitation: Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 5 pm at Lewing Chapel in Many
Service: Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 2 pm at Lewing Chapel
Interment: Florien Cemetery

Mary Lee Gay
November 23, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Rachel Gayle Mercer Wiggins
December 29, 1956 – November 24, 2017
Graveside Service: Friday, Dec. 1 at 3 pm at Mt. Union Baptist Cemetery
Service: Saturday, Dec. 2 at 11 am at the Chapel of the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home in Monroe

Randy O’Bannon
December 20, 1950 – November 23, 2017
Visitation: Monday, Nov. 27 from 11am – 1pm at First Baptist Church of Provencal
Service: Monday, Nov. 27 at 1 pm at the First Baptist Church of Provencal located at 123 Maple, Provencal, LA
Interment: Provencal Cemetery

October permits total $1.7 million in estimated development costs

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The Natchitoches Parish Planning and Zoning Department issued 30 permits for the month of October, totaling $1.7 million in estimated development costs and $14,742 in permit fees.


UPS/Algodon, 2215 Hwy. 6

Commercial-Electrical Trade:
UPS/Algodon, 2215 Hwy. 6

MARTCO Plywood, 1695 Hwy. 490, Chopin, $170,000

Residential-Detached Building:
Robert Miles, 1147 Collins Road
Jimmie Ross, 734 Durr School Spur Road, Marthaville
Leonard Sarpy, 1734 Bermuda Road, Natchez
Mike Ryland, 179 Melrose Bend Boulevard, Natchez
Gladys Revels, 1637 Sabine Street
Jamie Lawrence, 256 Bj Smith Road, Campti
Thomas Johnson, 850 Evergreen Church Road, Goldonna
Greg Petrus, 158 Melrose Boulevard, Natchez
Lamar Advertising, 4400 Old River Road
Beckie Canerday, 485 Sandy Point Road, Campti

Residential-Manufactured Home:
David James, 215 Conlay Frederick Road, Goldonna, $47,000
Arnold Sims, 938 Nelson Road, Robeline, $78,000
Victoria Trichel, 146 Earnest Durr Road, Robeline, $54,000
Howard Johnson, 3365 Hwy. 494, $3,000
Nicholas Auttenberry, 478 Stiles Road, Campti, $42,000
A.B. Housely, 301 Housley Road, Coushatta, $50,000
Karen Quick, 138 Oilfield Road, Ashland, $129,600
Krystal Wilson, 432 Old Victoria Road, Robeline, $25,000
Joseph Holden, 137 Dawne Street, $39,000

Residential-Mechanical Trade:
Dottie Bolton, 2379 Fish Hatchery Road
Margaret Cochran, 508 Hwy. 3191

Residential-New Construction:
Cole Lucky, 841 Hwy. 3191, $250,000
Rhodes Properties and Development, 332 St. Francis Avenue, $350,000
Kevin and Tammy Bordelon, 4917 Hwy. 494, Natchez, $241,000
Jason and Lindsey Waters, 312 Hwy. 487, Campti, $260,000

Kerry Cedars, 243 Bennett Loop, RV Site
Dwaine Sampey, 457 Nelson Conlay Road, Saline, RV Site

Phyllis Lear, 149 Sandra Street


Robotics Competition Dec. 4



Northwestern State University’s Department of Engineering Technology will host its Fall Robotics Competition and Smart Structures Show Monday, Dec. 4 from 8 am – 1 pm. The competition is open to all middle schools within a 200-mile radius of Natchitoches.

Participants will test their computer programming skills and compete with other Louisiana students for prizes during a fun environment with educational experiences, food and social activities. The top three teams will receive cash prizes to be used to purchase technology for the classroom.

For more information or for a complete list of rules and regulations, contact Sharab, at or call (318) 357-4359.


LaCap Senior Spotlight: Bryce Moulton



LaCap Senior Spotlight recognizes Bryce Moulton, a senior at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, as an outstanding high school senior.

Bryce has received many awards throughout his high school career including the Science Olympiad Award, Louisiana FolkLife Festival Writing Award, National American Voice Award for Scholastic Art and Writing, Louisiana Writes Award. He plays stand up bass and has played in Euopean cities as part of the Prague Music Festival. He was also selected for the Louisiana All State Orchestra, received superior ratings at the State Competition and the Piano Federation Awards, and was selected to play at Carnegie Hall.

Bryce has served as the Student Activity Board Vice President, SAB Major Events Chair, Project Polio 5K Race Committee Chair, tutored through the Lead Academic Peer Mentor, and as delegate/party chair/supreme court justice at the Louisiana Boys State. He completed a Summer Teaching Internship at Rising Ray Secondary School in Kathmandu, Nepal. He has also worked as a Science Lab Assistant at LSMSA and was a member of the Science Club and Improv Troop.

He has volunteered as a CrowdRise Event Coordinator for earthquake relief in Nepal, at the Natchitoches Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event, the Empower Nepali Girls Foundation and more.

Bryce recently completed a Weekend Business Academy in Natchitoches through the Harvard Business School. He is currently applying to college to pursue a career in science. He is the son of Patrice and Michael Moulton.

LaCap believes it takes good grades, community involvement, and hard work to make a successful leader. Bryce Moulton is being recognized for these qualities.

LaCap is committed to improving our community’s well-being by offering financial and volunteer support to organizations that enhance the quality of life through programs for youth, education, and financial literacy.

La Capital Federal Credit Union has two locations in Natchitoches: 311 Keyser Avenue and 926 University Pkwy. Call 318-357-3200 or go online to for more information.


OCC West Central La Team ships off over 13,000 shoeboxes

IMG_7210Westside Baptist Church shipped out 13,428 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child with the help of 52 volunteers from Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine and Winn Parishes. These parishes make up the OCC West Central La Team. The church is a Central Drop Off Location for OCC, a ministry of Samaritans Purse. When the church began as a Relay Center in 2004, they collected 1,234 boxes during their first year.

This year’s numbers were:

Natchitoches Parish: 6,671
Red River: 1,801
Sabine: 3,482
Winn: 1,474

OCC is an outreach program of Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Local Christians are taught to host a successful shoebox outreach event, organize a distribution, share the Gospel and invite children to participate in follow-up discipleship. In addition to hearing the Gospel before they receive their shoebox gift, children also receive The Greatest Gift, a storybook that shares the message of salvation. With the Apostle John as narrator, the booklet shares 11 Scripture stories and invites children to follow Christ. Children take this home to share with family and friends. It is used in more than 80 languages.

To get involved contact Brenda Ingram at 318-471-9415.